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Erasmus admits Springboks current plan won't beat AllBlacks

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James Mortimer     22 Sep 2012     Getty Images

Erasmus, answering questions for South African rugby fans via sarugby.net, actually identified Joe Rokocoko and Sitiveni Sivivatu as former weak links, saying that the Springboks knew the All Blacks "couldn't really handle the kicking game."

Such kick heavy tactics in 2009 led to a shift in selection strategy for the All Blacks, leading to wingmen that had similar skills as fullbacks, and Erasmus said that the likes of Israel Dagg and Cory Jane meant that Springboks tactics would need to change, saying that head coach Heyneke Meyer was busy implementing some new plans.

The former Stormers director said that one aspect that didn't help the Springboks was that there wasn't complete co-operation between the national union and franchises.

"I think our biggest challenge is the fact that we don’t have central contracts like New Zealand," Erasmus said.

"Our franchises own the primary contract with the players and therefore control the amount of game time. Obviously we sometimes request that a player must be better managed, but one do have to understand that the franchise coaches are also under immense pressure to perform. Not an ideal situation but one of my first challenges I want to get right.

Erasmus said it was difficult considering the Springboks were rebuilding, but said that it didn't help when media speculated.

"Sometimes the media can make a rumour reality, I can assure you there was no plan to bring back Bakkies," he said in reference to rumour that Bakkies Botha was going to line up against the All Blacks.

"The challenge always for a new coach is to balance winning with rebuilding. I guess that’s where my new role come in to create some continuity when the one coach leave and the next coach take over. It should not always be a new beginning if all the correct structures are in place.

The Springboks High Performance Director also clarified why he was in the coaching box earlier in the season, but has been absent during The Investec Rugby Championship.

"The plan was always for me just to help and be hands on with the coaching until after the series against England," he said.

"The main reason for this was the fact that the Bulls’ coaches (van Graan, Mcfarland, Loubser, Carzis) were still involved in Super Rugby and Heyeneke needed some hands on deck. They all now just involved with Springboks. So I am back at the office running the HP Department.